It’s really rather unfortunate that these two don’t seem to like each other, since I would consider them my “top two” at the moment. I mean, I disagree with both of them on aspects of their foreign policy (which seems slightly ironic, I suppose, since they are at pretty opposite ends of the spectrum on this)… but when it comes to moral issues, I’m pretty sure I can get behind them.
I still think Paul has Santorum (or any other candidate) beat, hands-down, when it comes to Constitutional issues and abiding by our founding documents, but I don’t know that I agree with bringing home 100% of our troops. The ones in obscure countries that we’ve had bases at arbitrarily since WWII? Heck, yes. Bring them home. You can gather intelligence without the bureacracy and taxpayer-funded bases there.
Israel? I’m not sure where I stand there, as a Christian, reflecting on God’s promises, and whether they still apply to the “nation” of Israel as such in modern times, etc. I mean, there are verses that touch on a blessing for those who bless Israel, etc, but… modern day Israel is a 20th century creation. You certainly can’t argue that America was blessed as a nation because they’ve “supported Israel” when, hey, America’s been in a downward spiral since before the new Israel decided to plop itself down on the map, ye ken?
I certainly don’t side with Bachmann on the Israel thing (although I like her for certain other stances). The girl’s got such a crazed look in her eyes when she talks about them that makes me wonder… if Israel jumped off a bridge, would you, too, Michelle? Like I said, I’m just not sure I can jump on the whole “Israel is God’s Nation” bandwagon, because I haven’t studied the promises enough to know if I believe that they still apply to Israel as a nation or if God’s focus is the body of Christ, ie, Christians, when it comes to that sort of things these days. (All my non-Christian friends are probably scratching their heads and saying, “Wha–?” right now thanks to my lapse into Christianese, and for that I apologize.) I mean, Jews used to circumcise to identify themselves as followers of God’s law, and we don’t culturally do THAT any mo– oh, wait. Yeah, we do. Except that modern circumcision is a far, far cry beyond what Biblical circumcision was ever meant to be… which I wish I had known before giving birth to a son, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. Suffice to say, Biblical circumcision was never the practice that we know it as today. (Can I just state now that that is NOT a topic I ever thought I would be discussing on my blog?)
Moving right along…
Foreign aid? Heck, yeah. Cut it. I disagree with Santorum on this one. I don’t think our bureaeucracy needs to be taking money from its citizens to give to other bureaucrats who are then supposed to give it to their citizenry. A) it never gets to the people it’s supposed to, b) let us choose where we want our money to go in the first place.
Anyway… I am equal parts distraught over their dislike for each other (because I would have loved to see the two of them together on a ticket) and amused by the attempts to point out why the other “might not be as pro-life as they seem.”
“Ooooh, you voted once FOR a bill that provided for money to go to Planned Parenthood!” …even though the money was specifically not supposed to go to abortions. (I’m not saying I LIKE that he voted for it, I’m just pointing that out.
“Ooooh, you voted AGAINST legislation that would have provided for it to be a federal offense for the injury of an unborn child in a violent crime!” …yes, because he supported that the amendment should provide that an unborn child is a PERSON, but believed that enforcement of said amendment should be left up to the government of the states rather than to the Feds.
Boys, boys. Let’s calm down. You’re all so used to pointing fingers that you can’t even tell when you are actually allies on an issue! Now, Romney… go ahead. Point fingers there. The guy was proudly pro-choice until he decided to run for president in ’08… and that was unfashionable, so he had to change his mind. Just like he’s changed it about everything else he’s ever stood for. I’m surprised he can agree with himself on his own name, when it comes down to it…
Oh, and did you hear? McCain is endorsing Romney.
…what? This IS my surpised face!